Round the Mountain Track (Ruapehu)

Heya, was looking at doing the Round the Mountain Track in a few weeks. I was thinking I would park at Whakapapa Village and go from there. I'm curious to hear more about the track and the condition of it, elevation gain and loss, fords, etc...How difficult would you rate the track? I realise this is subjective but any info appreciated. I'm guessing the smart play is to go counter-clockwise to avoid a 3km uphill roadwalk? About me - heaps of experience, tramps in the 800-900km range overseas, moderate NZ experience, however a recent back injury has put everything on hold for a few years and I kinda feel like I'm starting over a little. Been training for the past 6 weeks and keen to try to do something worthwhile. This track seems to fit the bill as it's close to Auckland and I don't have to get on a plane. I plan on doing the track in 3 days at the most. Any advice or information appreciated. Cheers
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Awesome, thanks for all the information
What you should be taking anyway is an offline topomap on your phone. Install Backcountry Navigator, download the Ruapehu area, and you can't get lost.
Thanks for your opinion. I think it's pretty bad form to advise someone to use their phone as a navigational tool, I prefer real maps.
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phones are highly falable to water and damage and running out of power... its a problem today that a lot of trampers don't use maps and compasses or even know how to use them. theres the whole dumbing down process of using technology, that people are treating as a complete solution to navigation. the news is full of people who were relying on their phone in the bush and it failed and they had no backup form of navigation
waynowski, really? Nonsense. IP67/IP68 phones are pretty cheap, and you would be carrying a battery charger anyway. The old school method of what to do when are lost: 1. find out where you are on the map. Right there and then an utter fail. I won't deny map and compass can be useful, but it's way harder then people think it is, and using a map on your phone is a nice stepping stone.
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never rely completely on electronics for navigation... they arent fullproof for the reasons i mentioned above, when they stop working you need to understand how to use a map and compass. a lot of people dont think beyond relying on their electronics, its also an issue with beacons, people have beacons and dont bother with alteratives such as making sure someone is briefed on your trip intentions incase the beacon doesnt work.

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Due to some minor surgery everything has been delayed, I'll update this thread again when I'm ready to go, probably not until January.
I have just done the RTM in 4 days , clockwise, about 28.5 hours walking time. My biggest day was Rangipo to Mangaturuturu in 9.5 hours and I got a ride up the road. Then to Whakapapa about 9 hours. I was getting pretty tired by then. I met 4 parties/individuals going the other way in 3 days. Whakapapa to Mangaturuturu 7.5 hours, to Rangipo 9.5 hours and I'm guessing to Whakapapa 9 hours. They were about half my age, maybe less, all but one were T. A. walkers. It is spectacular country, particularly the drier side. Next time I will do it in 5 days.
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